Mayor’s Office: Kenney had no knowledge of Johnny Doc’s soda tax support efforts

When we discussed these programs, we couldn’t just “find the money in the budget.” The city had made drastic cuts to programs and services during the recession, and the funds simply didn’t exist. We needed to pay for these programs from a new revenue source. In this process, we reviewed multiple options to raise new revenues, but we decided to pursue the beverage tax because it provided the necessary revenues, it would not negatively impact other revenue sources needed to fund the School District of Philadelphia or other city services, and the reduced consumption of sweetened beverages has other health benefits that benefit Philadelphia.